Japanese Cemetery, Broome

Discover Broome’s interesting history, based on the exploits of the men and women who developed the pearling industry in the 1880s, by joining a guided tour of Japanese Cemetery. The riches taken from the sea did not come easily, and this historic cemetery is the resting place of more than 900 Japanese who lost their lives diving for the precious pearls. Many more were lost at sea, and the exact number of deaths is unknown. With its rows of simple headstones, the cemetery is a humble reminder of those intrepid immigrants who lived and died trying to conquer Australia’s seas. Arrange your visit to Japanese Cemetery and discover more family-friendly attractions in Broome using our Broome travel route planner.
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  • We spent an hour of so walking through this cemetary. It is very open so wear a hat if the day is hot. Most of the headstones were made from local rock and some of them had dates in English which made...  more »
  • Full of history and well maintained. It is a long hot walk from town so get a bus or drive there. Go in the morning or afternon as it is hot and no shade.  more »
  • We're having a peaceful and collected time in this Japanese cemetery. Responsible and soothing place. To do.
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  • A landmark of Broome's incredible Pearling History and the people that lost their lives pearl diving in hard hat helmets. Also helps to explain Broome's special multicultural community.

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